Welcome to Book Riot’s 2019 back to school gift guide! We’ve got bookish gifts for all the students in your life (high school, college, and beyond!), from useful books to planners to school clothes, for budgets of all sizes. Get shopping!
If you need your writing tools to proclaim your love for books, these pastel colored pencils are the perfect addition to your pencil case. This set comes with seven different #2 pencils that proudly shout “I Read YA” and “Books Are My Happy Place,” among other sayings.
If you’re in the market for a slim pencil case that will hold a handful of the essentials, this adorable book print zippered case is just the thing. Stash a few pens and pencils, and maybe a bookmark or two, and you’ll be saved the awkwardness of having to dig through your backpack for a writing utensil as a quiz is starting.
If you’ve got a heavy load of required reading in English class this year, this handy notepad is the perfect companion to your reading list. Keep it nearby as you read, and use it to jot down your thoughts and notes on plot, character, theme, as well as any other personal thoughts. Each pad comes with 50 sheets, so it should keep you stocked throughout the school year.
With the new school year comes a lot of little things to keep track of–deadlines, due dates, class schedules, and of course keys and student I.D.s! Keep your more practical items together with this handmade bookish key fob, with a little book charm! Pro tip: Slip a USB drive onto the keyring and you’ll never have to dig through the loose change at the bottom of your bag again!
Stay on top of your reading and assignments with these super cute planner organization stickers. The bookish, studious theme includes tons of useful flags and to-do’s along with fun little illustrations to brighten up your weekly spread. If your school issues a plain, boring planner, these stickers are the perfect way to liven it up!
Calling all required reading list nerds! Use this awesome printable download to visualize your required reading list and keep track of your reading list progress. The download also comes with other reading list suggestions, so you can spend this school year expanding your horizons.
These little magnetic bookmarks are the perfect addition to your study tool arsenal! They’re super cute and they don’t slip, making it easy to mark the pages in your textbooks or novels. They come in a pack of three, but you might be tempted to a set for every class!
Not to sound too much like your mom, but the key to surviving marathon study sessions and long days of classes is HYDRATION. This S’well water bottle comes in a composition notebook design, which is appropriately scholarly. Even better, it works as a container for cold and hot drinks, and is super insulated to keep beverages hot or cold. Plus, it’s good for the environment!
No matter where your favorite study nook may be, this Harry Potter inspired lap desk will help you stay productive. It’s got a comfy base and a hidden compartment to store your quills and pens. The flat top also comes with a ledge so that your laptop or notebooks won’t slide off. Get ready to be cozy and studious.
Declare your Hogwarts house allegiance with this Ravenclaw backpack! Made of sturdy canvas in a Ravenclaw-themed print and embellished with three Ravenclaw patches, this backpack is just the thing for all of your books and study supplies. Sadly, it does not come with a Hogwarts acceptance letter.
The most important school supply you can have is a library card! This fun enamel pin is a good reminder that you can also find a lot of fun at a library, and it’s the perfect piece of swag for your backpack or jean jacket as you launch into a new school year.
Add a heavy dose of girl power and inspiration to your dorm or study space with this poster of over 100 strong girls in YA fiction! Broken down into genres, the poster shows off characters from classics and contemporary YA fiction alike, including Alanna of Tortall, Xiomara from The Poet X, Mal and Molly from Lumberjanes, and Kamala Khan from Ms. Marvel, plus many more!
For people on that ladder to success, this satirical how-to guide will provide some comic relief during a busy and stressful school year. With funny illustrations and cut out mustaches, this book will give you some laughs whenever you need a quick escape.
Deck out your folders and binders with these beautiful stickers featuring quotes about science from Carl Sagan, the poet Sarah Wilson, and more! Even if science is your least favorite subject, these stickers remind us that there is poetry in the natural world.
“You and I are history. We carry our history. We act our history.” Carry James Baldwin’s wise words on your backpack or jacket this school year for a dose of inspiration! This set includes his quote and image with strong rubber backings so they won’t fall off during your busy days.
Avoid digging through the bottom of your bag for a pen at the beginning of every class period! This cute zippered pouch is the perfect size for all of your little supplies—pens, pencils, erasers, sticky notes, study flags, library card, and more! The retro library card design can even be written on for customization!
Do you use notecards to study? It can be difficult to keep track of all your cards across semesters and subjects, but these tabbed dividers, originally for card catalogs, are perfect for storing and organizing your notes. You’ll thank yourself for keeping your notecards organized when exam time rolls around!
Spruce up your dorm room or study corner with this fun literary insults wall poster. Bright graphics showcase some of the most creative insults penned by literary luminaries such as Mark Twain, William Shakespeare, Jane Austen, and Oscar Wilde. Each quote is broken down in this funny chart into categories like “food” and “character traits,” making it easy to find the perfect phrase.
Stay fueled through long days and nights of studying with these clever literary tea blends. Choose from over 48 authors and poets and receive a tin with an author’s quote and a specially blended tea that matches the author’s style. From Agatha Christie to Hans Christian Andersen, there’s a tea for every literary taste and palette!
No matter your caffeine vehicle of choice, this adorable book shelf mug inspired by Hogwarts houses is a great addition to your study arsenal. This ceramic mug holds 11 ounces, and shows off really cute bookshelves with lots of fun, tiny details including wands, inkwells, and quills. Use it to perk up first thing in the morning, or to keep you going through late-night marathon study sessions.
Show off your love for one of the most iconic, brainy heroines in children’s literature—Matilda. This set of five pencils are hand-wrapped in pages from the Roald Dahl classic, and they come already sharpened, so they’ll be ready for some studious note taking on the first day of class.
Shoutout to everyone trying to fit everything they need for the school year in a small dorm room or apartment! When space is at a premium, this narrow bookshelf is perfect for wedging into small spaces. It’s about 15 inches wide, and contains five roomy shelves (not counting the surface)! This shelf comes in white, pink, blue, and green.
Novel Notes Bookmarks are a handy tool for readers who like to take notes as they read, or avid annotators who have to rely on library books this semester (don’t mark up those library books!). With a set of 15 heavy cardstock bookmarks, they’re the perfect study tool for English classes.
One of the worst things about lugging around a bunch of textbooks in a large bag is that it can be so hard on your fun, more fragile books—especially paperbacks. Never fear, for this padded book pouch with a fun book nerd design will protect your smaller books from the mayhem of your school bag. This design comes in three different sizes and two closure options.
Set your intentions for the upcoming school year with this sturdy, spiral bound notebook proclaiming a quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson: “The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” Choose between graph or lined paper on the inside, and let the writer’s words motivate you!
If you’re looking to write your favorite teacher an appreciative note, or wish someone luck on the start of a new semester, you can’t go wrong with this pack of notecards featuring an illustration of school supplies and books. You get 10 cards, which are blank inside, and ten envelopes. Slip them inside your backpack so you can pen encouraging notes to friends on the go!
Does a little one in your life have first day of school anxiety? This adorable picture book is all about exploring those nerves, from the point of view of the school. Ultimately, this story shows that everyone has first day jitters, even teachers and the school–and that’s okay!
“Above All Else, To Own Thine Self Be True!” Keep this inspirational quote from Shakespeare close this school year. With a vibrant green cover and your choice of interior pages (blank, lined, grid, or to-do list), this flexible notebook is great for class notes, organizing your day, or keeping track of all of your extracurricular activities.
This beautiful, customizable pen is decorated with pages of Shakespeare’s sonnets (you can choose which sonnet) and also allows you to include a personal message on the clip. You can also choose from blue or black ink. Whether you use it for note-taking in English class or penning sonnets of your own, you’re sure to feel inspired wielding this pen!
Staying organized is the key to success during the school year, and sometimes doing so means taking lots and lots of notes. If you’re looking for a blank mini notebook that is easy to slip into a pocket or tote bag, then snag this set of three mini bookish notebooks. With blank pages inside, you can use them for to-do lists, sketches, or taking notes as you read novels for English class.
Burial Grounds Coffee makes a fantastic selection of literary and pop culture themed coffees, and this Snape blend is the perfect balance between light and dark. Dark coffee is balanced out with lighter chai notes, for a great caffeine-heavy brew that will keep you powered through late-night study sessions.
If you like to keep all of your important papers where you won’t forget them, then this set of magnets featuring pages from To Kill a Mockingbird are perfect for your locker or refrigerator! They’re sturdy and great for holding up to-do lists and reminders, and you should feel no shame in using them to display an A+ paper or quiz.
Good lighting is important to productive work, especially if you opt for late-night studying! These lamps are handmade out of rescued books, giving them new life as a quirky accessory to your desk or dorm room. They offer a cozy ring of light for all the reading you need to get through this semester.
Know someone who needs a little pumping up before launching into a new school year? Gift them this book, which is all about being open to new possibilities and saying YES! Shonda Rhimes is the ultra-successful TV show creator and producer, and her book is an inspiring take on what can happen if you open yourself up.
Are you a fan of Jen Sincero’s swear-y and empowering self-help guide, You Are a Badass? Then this companion planner is for you! It includes quotes, nuggets of wisdom, and two sheets of stickers! Perfect for scholars who need a little kick to the butt and NSFW motivation to have an amazing school year.